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Date: Tue Feb 11 1997 - 06:49:00 EST

Date: Tue, 11 Feb 97 11:49 WET
Subject: Re: Tetrabrick Recycling (Harry Sloate)

February 11,1997

Dear Harry Sloate,

I think that when talking about tetrabricks on an American site, you should refer to them as asceptic containers :

Basically the industry that makes this stuff claims that it is recyclable. The materials involved are individually recyclable. However, the feasibility of recycling fused layers of different materials is difficult and uneconomical. So, the industry goes with hydrapulping the material and encasing it in plastic lumber. As far as I know, hydrapulping isn t a recycling technology. It is that stage of paper recycling where paper is beat into a pulp and contaminants are removed. It doesn t separate the paper, the polyethylene and the aluminum.

You can obtain more information about it, but if its industry stuff, it will say its recyclable and if its environmental organization stuff, it ll say its not recyclable. The most fair-minded treatment in rpint is in the 3/94 issue of Waste Age (page 91: Handling Difficult Materials: Asceptic Packaging).

Hope that this helps, but you really didn t specify what you were looking for.

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